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PARKMAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Cleveland office is investigating after man died in a trench collapse in Parkman Township on Tuesday.

Two Parkman Township employees were installing a storm water runoff drain on Reeves Road near Bundysburg Road at about 3 p.m. The U.S. Department of Labor said the 54-year-old victim was buried when one side of the 10-foot trench caved in.

The man was taken to University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

“No worker should fail to return home to their family at the end of the work day and our condolences are with the family of this worker,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA area director in Cleveland, in a news release on Wednesday.

“Any trench over six feet in depth must be protected from collapse. Each month an average of two workers are killed in preventable trench collapses across the nation. OSHA will investigate to determine if any violations of safety regulations contributed to this tragedy.”

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